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North Carolina Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild, in a condition that will optimize their chances of survival. The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center believes that compassion, civic responsibility & environmental stewardship are lessons best learned in the company of leaders who embody & practice these values. The center is a teaching facility, scientific in their approach, compassionate in their care, and is involved in rehabilitation, research & education.

Interns assist with the routine daily care of wildlife patients, as well as caring for the resident animal collection. Intern duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones & record keeping. Interns also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks, as ordered by the Veterinary staff, such as administering treatments, helping with radiographs & assisting with surgeries. In addition, interns participate in special projects, tours, training, cage building/maintenance & animal rescues. The Paid Intern provides supervision & guidance to volunteers/ unpaid interns, acts as liaison to Veterinary Staff.

Prospective interns must be in an undergraduate, associates program, or recently graduated (within one year) from a relevant field of study, be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs., bend, stoop, stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, walk on variable substrate, work in all climatic conditions, be able to read & follow instructions, communicate clearly, perform simple calculations & have dependable transportation. Interns must be rabies vaccinated to care for adult self/feeding & education mammals. Unvaccinated interns may assist with the hand-rearing of orphaned mammals, care for birds & reptiles, & perform all other responsibilities. This position may not be suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed and/or pregnant. Persons who are hearing, sight, or speech impaired should bring this to the attention of the Supervisor so reasonable accommodations can be made.

This internship is part of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils’ Practicum Accreditation Program; interns will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.


Mailing Address:  

City:                             State:                               Zip Code:                 

Internship applying for (check all that apply): Unpaid Internships: Unpaid Internships are a minimum of 10 weeks, 175 hours, & 3 shifts per week - holidays, nights, days Housing available for a fee; must have own transportation.  

Winter/Spring (Jan-April) Application Deadline: Nov 15th 

Summer (May-August), Application Deadline: March 15th 

Fall (Sept-Dec), Application Deadline: July 15th 

Paid Internship: Paid Internship is for one complete year, minimum 40 hours per week - holidays, nights, days                    

Housing is provided; must have own transportation. 

 One Year (mid-May through following May), Application Deadline: March 15th 


Application Packet: 

All the following items MUST be mailed together in ONE application packet. Incomplete packets will not be considered.


                                                                                  (this form)

                                                              detailing what you hope to gain from the internship (cover letter)

                                                                           (not to exceed one page)

                                                                               (copies accepted) 

                                                                                                                                                            (not letters)

                                                                  – at least 1 faculty (letters sent separately will not be accepted)

                   Proof of current tetanus immunization (within the last 10 years)  

      Proof of pre-exposure rabies immunization or current rabies antibody titer (within two years & >1:5)      Rabies vaccinations not required for unpaid interns, rabies vaccine will be provided for paid intern.

Experience Required


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How to Apply

VHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Phone: 336.879.7644

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